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Album Review

French bluesman Jean Jacques Milteau delivers an earthy tribute to a city steeped in the "tradition" on Memphis. Recorded at Royal Studio in the city in question, Memphis features Milteau's muscular harmonica along with such blues luminaries as Mighty Mo Rodgers, Little Milton, and Mighty Sam McClain. Whining and growling through such stellar original tunes as the second-line funk of "Bon Ton Café" and the driving Motown-sounding title track, the real revelation here is how Milteau and company reinterpret pop tunes as blues. Rodgers turns Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" into a rustic and soulful plea, while Milton gives Sting's "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" an ominous edge. This is mainstream blues at its best.

Biography

Born: 17 April 1950

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Born in Paris in 1950, blues harmonica player Jean Jacques Milteau first discovered the harmonica in the mid-'60s while listening to rock albums by artists such as Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. A heavy interest in the blues ensued and, later on a trip to America, Milteau became enthralled with the traditional blues of artists such as Little Walter, Charlie McCoy, and others. In the late '70s, Milteau decided to devote his entire career to performing music and began making various gigs around...
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Memphis, Jean-Jacques Milteau
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Jazz
  • Released: 28 August 2001

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